Kenneth Krause‘s critical email to Jennifer Livingston about her weight sparked a national controversy when the WKBT anchor delivered a forceful on-air editorial admonishing Krause for his bullying. Krause responded to Livingston’s editorial in a statement to WKBT Tuesday afternoon (video above).

“Given this country’s present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston’s fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept,” Krause’s statement reads.

WKBT also reported Tuesday night on the community response to Livingston’s editorial. Watch after the jump. Read more